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So, are you a martial artist?

Well, no. Do I really think I learn martial arts or film-making just by watching movies? Well, probably not. But if it weren't for failure as an integral part of success, of what use would tragedy and comedy be?

Okay, let me dial that down a notch.

What I'm trying to do.

I love old films, new films, martial arts movies, and anime. I want to take them seriously as sources of both inspiration and frustration. And if you get a useful thought or just a chuckle out of my flailing attempts to understand, I did my job.

You have different shows?

There's a semi-daily (when other videos aren't being put out, or life doesn't otherwise interfere) show, TrueStoryDesu!, which functions as a vlog, experimental filming, and a "review" of my life. Maybe my struggles help you understand or enjoy your life better. One can hope.

Then there's the other three shows, a three-pronged attack on mediocrity:

Down in the Dojo, the main show, reviews and critiques martial arts films, from studs to duds, old and new. It's mostly been old so far, but in the near future I hope to cover some martial arts films made in the last decade, too.

Anime Deathmatch is an attempt to revive a sometimes-neglected side of otaku interest: the feature film. I'll be pitting over ninety movies against each other to see who survives. And after each match, a thoughtful videoessay exploring the film that lost.

Film Dojo is an attempt to understand film by chronologically looking at its greatest classics. At least according to 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Well, I had to start somewhere.

Along the way there will be short vlogs or low production value looks at stuff I'm watching. These will not be patronized. And I hope not patronizing.

Why I need you.

A fighter who only shadowboxes never leaves the dark or turns toward the light. I need sparring partners, people willing to give just a little bit to make this a far better show than it is now. There are so many things to do and explore, and I want give them my best! I know I can't do that alone.
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So, are you a martial artist?

Well, no. Do I really think I learn martial arts or film-making just by watching movies? Well, probably not. But if it weren't for failure as an integral part of success, of what use would tragedy and comedy be?

Okay, let me dial that down a notch.

What I'm trying to do.

I love old films, new films, martial arts movies, and anime. I want to take them seriously as sources of both inspiration and frustration. And if you get a useful thought or just a chuckle out of my flailing attempts to understand, I did my job.

You have different shows?

There's a semi-daily (when other videos aren't being put out, or life doesn't otherwise interfere) show, TrueStoryDesu!, which functions as a vlog, experimental filming, and a "review" of my life. Maybe my struggles help you understand or enjoy your life better. One can hope.

Then there's the other three shows, a three-pronged attack on mediocrity:

Down in the Dojo, the main show, reviews and critiques martial arts films, from studs to duds, old and new. It's mostly been old so far, but in the near future I hope to cover some martial arts films made in the last decade, too.

Anime Deathmatch is an attempt to revive a sometimes-neglected side of otaku interest: the feature film. I'll be pitting over ninety movies against each other to see who survives. And after each match, a thoughtful videoessay exploring the film that lost.

Film Dojo is an attempt to understand film by chronologically looking at its greatest classics. At least according to 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Well, I had to start somewhere.

Along the way there will be short vlogs or low production value looks at stuff I'm watching. These will not be patronized. And I hope not patronizing.

Why I need you.

A fighter who only shadowboxes never leaves the dark or turns toward the light. I need sparring partners, people willing to give just a little bit to make this a far better show than it is now. There are so many things to do and explore, and I want give them my best! I know I can't do that alone.

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